The United Nations has slammed as a possible breach of the Refugee Convention the Australian government’s plans to speedily send a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers home.
The boatload of asylum seekers believed to be from Sri Lanka arrived at the far-flung Australian territory of Cocos Islands on Thursday – the first such group for months.
At his weekly border protection briefing on Friday, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison refused to confirm where the asylum seekers had come from, but said Sri Lankans could expect ”even more stringent” screening than people from other countries.
”Anyone who may have come from Sri Lanka should know that they will go back to Sri Lanka. We have an arrangement with the Sri Lankan government and … we’ll be ensuring that we maximise those who go back and, preferably, they will all go back.”
Under a deal with the Sri Lankan government struck under…
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